New York memorials planned for Madikizela-Mandela

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Two memorials are planned for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in New York this week.

She died at Milpark hospital last Monday at the age of 81-years-old.

New York was the first international city that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela visited along with newly released Nelson Mandela in 1990, hosted by the Mayor of New York David Dinkins and a list of luminaries that included the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Harry Belafonte among others.

The visit included stops at the United Nations, Yankee Stadium and a ticket-tape parade up Fifth Avenue to which tens of thousands of New Yorkers came to catch a glimpse.

Thursday’s memorial will be held at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and confirmed speakers so far include the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed.

Civil rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young has been approached but has yet not confirmed.

On Friday, the UN General Assembly will also hold a memorial event to pay tribute to Mam Winnie.

Click below to watch a church service in honour of Mam Winnie: